July in these United States: Returning West

A return from the Netherlands was inevitable. Though we tried desperately to convince our new Dutch allies to adopt us, eventually the month of June ended and we awoke as if from a dream back in the United States.
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A heat wave had taken hold of most of the US in late June/early July.  The heat coupled with the humidity was barely tolerable at best!  Time to break out the grill and go swimming in the rivers and lakes dotting the landscape, I suppose…

From the Cloud King’s parking place in Augusta, Maine, we started the long trip back to Oregon, stopping first in the colonial land of Massachusetts.

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North Hampton, Massachusetts!  A lovely setting for a house concert at our friends Liz and Adam’s place.  Though the mosquitoes were thirsty, a good time was had by all!

600497_10151771663916514_75653015_nAfter a short stint in Western Massachusetts enjoying the Berkshire mountain range, we pushed on down into New York state a ways, enjoying the swimming holes as the Cloud King bopped southwesterly.

Here we have Caterskill Falls, a great place to climb and then enjoy the refreshing swim!

IMG_9512Ooh la la!  That’s my kinda double waterfall right there.

IMG_9523The water was very unpleasant and we didn’t have a good time at all.  I don’t recommend going.

IMG_9486Hudson, NY.  Like Brooklyn only different.  Onward, Cloud King!

IMG_9415Clearly we have a place here of un-remembered origin.

IMG_9547Communing with the little piglets!

IMG_9588Another horrifyingly beautiful place to swim outside of Kinderhook, NY.

IMG_9649The Hudson Valley of New York is as gorgeous as they come, folks.

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From New York to Ohio in one fell swoop!

First, a radio performance on WYSO

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IMG_9688A visual summary of our show at Taffy’s in Eaton, Ohio with group Year of the Buffalo…

And into Indiana in the middle of the night.  Bugs galore!

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We played a lovely house concert at Connie and Steve Lyman’s home in Indianapolis, IN. on Saturday July 19th.  Our first ever show in Indianapolis was a success!

IMG_9696Posing for our band shot with Connie and Steve.

From Indianapolis, we traveled to southeastern Indiana for another house show the next evening at the Bird Hollow Farmstead!

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A very impressive garden.

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IMG_9724More goats!!  🙂

What a lovely stretch of land down there in rural Indiana they’ve got.

A hop skip and a jump through Iowa and Nebraska…

I-80 westbound outside Council Bluffs, IA.

I-80 westbound outside Council Bluffs, IA.

And before you know it, we were in Colorado again!

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Ah, the wild west…

Here’s the setting for our lovely penthouse concert in Denver on July 26th.

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Classy!

Later on we hiked to beautiful Ice Lake for Basho’s Birthday Bash!

IMG_9852Pure snow melted Ice Lake, at 12,500 feet elevation about ten miles outside of Silverton, Colorado.

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The valley leading up to the lake…

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Sheryl and Jenn hanging out by the lakeside. 🙂

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San Juan Mountain Range…whoatime.

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IMG_9905And off we went, further down the road!  August 2013, here we go.

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Northern Germany

Into Northern Germany we went. A short four hour drive from the Netherlands, and you’re in another country altogether! Now that’s efficiency, folks.

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Striking a very striking pose.

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Currywurst!  Quite good.

IMG_8994Sunning ourselves on the Baltic Sea…

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Berliners!

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Remnants of the Berlin Wall.

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Near Brandenburg Gate a pair of Americans were seen.

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Repurposed Birdhouse.

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What fancy building?

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Ye olde radio tower.

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Fields aplenty in Northern Germany!

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Sunset over the Baltic as seen from Rugen Island National Park.

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Stralsund, UNESCO World Heritage Site.  IMG_9066

Exquisite brickwork.

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This building dates back to the 1500s.  Old timey.

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Sunset from Eckernforde.

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Kiel Week!  We just missed it.

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Beautiful work of art boat.

IMG_8945 IMG_8941 Ok!  Back to the states we’ve gots to go!  See you there, friends.  🙂

Netherlands in June (Pt. 2)

When last we left our two heroes, the Netherlands was happening to them.  Now, it’s time for them to happen to the Netherlands!  How is that even a pair of sentences?

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First things first.  Master Carillonneur Boudewijn Zwart played our song “Slippery Slope” for all of Amsterdam in the bell tower of one of the city’s oldest churches!

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Playing a song transcribed to sheet music by Basho!  Quite surreal.

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View of the city from the ledge.

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I hear ya, bud!

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OG Amsterdam.  Pre-OG, perhaps…carbon data is pending on this.

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The massive infrastructure of the belltower.  Breathtaking engineering!

Off to the Rijks Museum!

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A live art performance greeted us on the way into the building.

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Life-size Rembrandts awaited us inside.

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Trying to convince all of Holland that 21st Century Lederhosen is the new style!!

And so, there was a ton of artwork seen, hordes of tourists waded through, and partridge family in a pear tree.  Enough about that already.

Of course, it should be noted that we were indeed performing almost every night during this time!

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A walk in the marsh lands outside of Amsterdam.

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Swaying in the gentle breeze, a Choochie.

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Sheep and irises.  Sheep and irises.  Same ol’ same ol’… 😉

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What?! Another bike ride in the scenic countryside!?

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Happy happy joy joy.

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Learning to smoke eel from the master himself.

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Talented balloon artist Simon Jong made a Basho Balloon Sculpture!  Most impressive, don’t you think!?

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Welcome to Oosterleek!  We’ll be your tour guides for the afternoon.

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This here’s your standard windmill shot in the Dutch farm country.